Framed for the assassination of the prime minister, Aoyagi is on the run and must count on a serial killer for help.
Last year, FISH STORY walked away with Reel Asian’s Audience Award. In this riotous follow-up to Fish Story, director Yoshihiro Nakamura once again bases his film’s title on a song from a seminal band, although this time, the group he selected—The Beatles—happens to be better known. In Golden Slumber, the central character is Aoyagi, a delivery man with a sunny, carefree disposition…until the day a bomb explodes and he is framed for the assassination of the prime minister of Japan. Golden Slumber, however, is not a film about political intrigue; the director is more interested in our anti-hero’s travails, as well as the myriad times that bizarre characters come to his aid. As with Fish Story, the ending is memorable, but the payoff is remarkably different—less cathartic and more bittersweet.
CENTREPIECE PRESENTATION | FRI NOV 12 | 10:00 PM | THE ROYAL
Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura | Japan 2010 | Rated: 14A